How benchmarking can reduce staff turnover and improve productivity.

If one of your priorities is to reduce staff turnover and improve productivity, job benchmarking may hold the key.

Good HR decisions begin with determining whether the abilities, interests and personality traits of a candidate match those required for a given role. Personality assessments, job-fit tests and psychometric tests are the terms used variably to describe the tests taken by candidates to assess their suitability for a position.

A good assessment product will facilitate the job-matching process, greatly reducing staff turnover and increasing productivity. Yet many assessment products on the market only provide a profile of the candidate, with no reference to the position for which they are being considered.

An effective product compares candidates against a customised job-fit profile that describes the ideal characteristics for a given position. This can be done by creating a profile or ‘benchmark’ of the features proven to be needed for the job.

In addition to stipulating experience and education prerequisites, the job requirements should identify personal characteristics that are desirable in a candidate. For example, someone who disliked following detailed plans and was a risk-taker ought not to be driving a school bus or flying a plane, but would be ideal in an innovation role.

At Assess to Succeed, we distribute the Prevue HR System. The Prevue benchmark takes into account the unique attributes of the job and the organisation, and then compares each candidate to the benchmark. The benchmark brings it all together.

When you view Prevue Reports that use a Prevue Benchmark, you get a reliable description of important work-related characteristics of the candidate, and how those characteristics match up against the desired characteristics for the position.

Prevue’s benchmark creation process is entirely automated, allowing you to build benchmarks for all of the positions within an organisation quickly and economically. Once a Prevue Benchmark has been created for a position in an organisation, any job applicant thereafter can be matched to the criteria outlined in the benchmark.

You can view and download sample Prevue Benchmark reports here.

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